My kids are finally all old enough to appreciate Halloween – the ghoulish, the creepy, the mystical, and oh, yes, the crafty!
Our first big adventure was painting pumpkins. We used Martha Stewart Crafts paint in glitter and pearl colors and Martha Stewart Crafts paintbrushes (I supplied the approximately 100 pumpkins of various shapes, sizes, and weights, which I hauled from the farmer’s market back to our apartment on several occasions).
The indoor/outdoor paints are colorful, smooth, and great to work with; they also clean up well – even off of my wood dining room table. I love the result. We have shiny,
metallic pumpkins all over our apartment creating a magical Halloween theme.
Our next project was adding some creepy, crawling, flying, menacing things to the decor.
Using the included adhesive dots, I placed pre-folded bats and spiders on our walls and various other household items.
My three-year-old son woke me up at five o’clock the next morning, dragged me into the living room and said, “Mommy, you have to take away the spiders!”
I was able to convince him they are not real. He’s OK with it now. And I really like them.
I have not, until now, spent a lot of time with my children doing crafts. I am a very impatient person, and I hate messes. That doesn’t make for a good time with kids and
crafts. I figured I’d spare us all a great deal of stress by avoiding crafting with the kids.
Getting the apartment ready for Halloween, however, has been a blast. The Martha Stewart Crafts products I chose were easy for all of us to use and to clean up. We have indoor activities when the fall weather didn’t cooperate, fabulous themed decorations to display, and most importantly, the kids are so proud and pleased with their handiwork.
The confidence children get from creating art or crafts is remarkable. I, too, appreciate having funky pumpkins to remind me of the four of us on the floor picking and pouring paint colors, sharing and switching paintbrushes, and finally,sitting back and setting our masterpieces to dry.
Wendy Bradford is a mama of three, wife, writer, spin instructor, ardent New Yorker and blogger at mamaonetothree.com.
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